Does True Love Wait?

A recent study says that those who wait longer to have their first sexual experience may have more satisfying romantic relationships in adulthood. The study by Paige Harden, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Population Research Center at UT Austin, suggests that those who had a later first sexual experience were also less likely to be married and had fewer romantic partners in adulthood.

Among the participants who were married or living with a partner, people with later sexual initiation were more likely to say that they were happy with the way they and their partners handled conflict, that their partners showed them love and affection, and that they enjoyed doing day-to-day things with their partners.